This painting of a calf running through a papyrus marsh comes from the main palace at Malqata, the palace city of Amenhotep III in western Thebes. It was part of the decoration on the supports of low benches that were used to store clothing and other personal items. Similar stylistic and iconographic elements are used in the painted decoration of the pottery found at the palace (see especially 11.215.460 and 12.180.33).
Museum excavations, 1910–11. Acquired by the Museum in the Division of Finds, 1911.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 247, fig. 149.